The Disappearing: The Briny Deep Mysteries Book 1
The Disappearing: The Briny Deep Mysteries Book 1

Series: Briny Deep Mysteries Vol. 1   

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Annotation: When children begin vanishing, Tim, Max, Emily, Luke, and Nina learn that their quiet town of Briny Deep isn't as safe as they once thought, and they must find answers before all of their friends disappear.
Catalog Number: #83351
Format: Library Binding
No other formats available
Publisher: Enslow Publishers
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 95 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-622-85172-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-622-85172-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014000875
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
After their classmates start disappearing from their idyllic beach town under mysterious circumstances, five close friends begin an investigation of their own and what they discover involves aliens from a strange planet called "Earth." Characters are numerous and somewhat underdeveloped, marring the trilogy's plot-driven texts. Still, classic-science-fiction excitement and brief installments will appeal to reluctant readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 5&11;7&12; Tim and his best friends live in the bucolic town of Briny Deep. They enjoy an idyllic life of skateboarding, barbeques, and sleepovers. In fact, nothing bad happens in Briny Deep. Ever. The only trouble for Tim, it seems, is his recurring nightmare. Each night, he is chased by a stranger. He sees a green lawn and yellow house, always just out of reach. And every night, he awakes right before being caught. While Tim can't seem to shake this nightmare, all is well in his town at the onset of summer. That is, until one by one, children start disappearing. First a classmate, then one of his friend's younger sisters, then one of his own friends during a game of hide-and-seek. At the same time, Tim and his buddy Max notice a yellow-haired stranger in Briny Deep. Despite a town-wide curfew, Tim and Max decide to take matters into their own hands to solve this mystery. What Tim overhears near the end of the story will leave readers at the edge of their seats and sets up a second installment of this paranormal, science fiction series. While much of the story is plot driven, with unfortunate gender stereotyping (the boys leave the girls at home during their rescue attempt), Torres succeeds in her mission: to hook reluctant readers and keep them reading. This slim book should do the trick.&12; Meg Allison, The Moretown School, VT
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School Library Journal (9/1/14)
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 740L

Other than a strange, recurring dream that involves running for his life, Tim is a happy guy. In this paranormal mystery, Jennifer Torres introduces us to the seaside town of Briny Deep; an ideal spot to grow up for Tim and his close friends: Max, Emily, Luke, and Nina. Nothing bad ever happens here, until a stranger appears in town and a young girl vanishes - and then others disappear. The friends must scramble to uncover the truth as they begin to wonder if those closest to them have been hiding something unimaginable.

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